SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| TRUMP’S PEACE DEAL ‘WASTE OF TIME,’ ISRAELI MINISTER SAYS
Israeli-Palestinian peace plan being prepared by US President Donald Trump is “a waste of time,” extremist Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said on Wednesday. ___Speaking before hundreds of ambassadors and attaches at the Jerusalem Post Diplomats’ Conference in Jerusalem, Shaked added that the differences between Israelis and Palestinians are too great. ___”I want peace like everyone else,” she said, “but I do not believe an agreement can be reached. I would tell Trump: ‘Do not waste your time.'” ___Shaked also spoke about the demand made by her party, the Jewish Home, to appoint party leader Naftali Bennett as defence minister – an ultimatum that threatened the stability of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. More . . .
. . . . Related Israel refuses to sign international migration pact (“Israel has to follow a special migration policy specified by its circumstances as a small state which aims to maintain its Jewish nationality.”)
. . . . Related Ashrawi of PLO urges Slovenia to recognize state of Palestine
| ISRAELI DEMOLITION CAMPAIGN IN SHUFAT REFUGEE CAMP COMMENCES
Israeli bulldozers demolished dozens of Palestinian-owned shops in the Shufat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday. ___Israeli forces along with the Israeli Civil Administration staff stormed the Shufat refugee camp earlier and delivered demolition notices to more than 20 Palestinian shops, with only 12 hours to evacuate the premises before the demolitions commence. ___Thaer Fasfous, spokesperson of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, said that hundreds of Israeli forces and Israeli Civil Administration staff members were deployed across the area, while bulldozers began to demolish the shops. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In HEBRON
. . . . Related Army Abducts A Legislator In RAMALLAH
. . . . Related Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Residential Shed, Retaining Walls, Near NABLUS
. . . . Related Soldiers Detonate Doors Of Homes And Stores, Before Invading Them, Near TULKAREM
| KRAHENBUHL APPLAUDS INTERNATIONAL EFFORT FOR KEEPING UNRWA AFLOAT Addressing the delegates at the Advisory Commission of host governments and leading donors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre Krahenbuhl, applauded the resolve and creativity with which the agency and the international community addressed its “greatest financial predicament ever.” ___Krahenbuhl thanked the many partners who “rose to the occasion” to help, collectively, to reduce the staggering shortfall of $446 million at the start of this year and said, “Today, I am very pleased to announce that, overall since January, donors contributed or pledged an additional $425 million, bringing our shortfall down to $21 million.” More . . .
. . . . Related Erekat: ‘Israel should be condemned at UN, not Hamas’
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| HOW ISRAEL WEAPONISES ANTI-SEMITISM TO BLOCK MIDDLE EAST PEACE
By Ray Hanania
One of Israel’s most powerful weapons against the voices of Palestinian rights has been the exploitation of Jewish history — the Holocaust included — to justify its own atrocities against non-Jews. The Holocaust is undeniably one of the worst human tragedies in human history, an evil horror in which Nazis sought to cleanse the world of Jews and their religion. ___The hatred that fuelled Nazi atrocities before and during World War Two were undoubtedly driven by anti-Semitism. Since then, though, anti-Semitism has been weaponised by Israel, not just to confront the Holocaust deniers, the neo-Nazis and the hate filled anti-Semites, but also to undermine the righteous movement of justice to restore the inalienable rights of Christians and Muslims in Palestine. ___Any criticism of Israel is now being denounced as “anti-Semitism”. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“ANY REFUGEES IN THE WORLD,” BY LAHAB ASSEF AL-JUNDI
what is the first thing that comes to mind
when you hear of refugees?
what terror trove them out of their homes?
are they getting help?
what is being done for their safe return?
are Palestinians any different from any other refugees?
is it not their simple right
to return to the land they were driven from?
why are they being asked to settle
who designated the Palestinians as the chosen people
to carry the cross for a guilt-ridden West?
why do politicians tell them
too much time has passed
when their grievance
is with people who went back after 2000 years?
between continued warfare and annihilation
as the only
time for peace